Lesson Plan

A History of Our World: Ancient Rome

A technology-based lesson centered around the civilization of Ancient Rome and its rise and fall from power.
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My Grades 7
My Subjects Social Studies

Students will be able to...

  • Identify the causes of the rise and fall of ancient Rome.
  • Explain the lasting impact the Roman culture has had on the world.
  • Justify and/or defend the Roman way of life.
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 7
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1 Hook

As a class, we will orally read through this visually illuminating, student-friendly version of the famous Shakespearean tragedy Julius Caser.  This play will engage students by showing the vivid apex of Roman civilization and political structure. 

2 Direct Instruction

·         Ancient Egypt Instructional Presentation – Explain Everything app: Introduce topics and concepts to students through note-taking, class review, and whole-group discussion.

·         Ancient Egypt Study Guide/Notes: Students will complete the structured study guide for note-taking by adding required information that can be obtained from the presentation.

·         Quick Writes: Students will be given various writing prompts embedded within the presentation that encourage them explain and defend their perceptions of historical events, their importance, and impact on civilizations of the present day.

3 Guided Practice

Students will complete a graphic organizer in which they categorize information from the Britannica Ancient Rome app.  The graphic organizer will include, but not be limited to, The Rise of Rome, The roman Republic, The Caesars, The Empire, Gladiators, The Arts and mythology.  This information will later be used to help construct a Prezi presentation that highlights the Roman way of life for a citizen, an aristocrat or a poor slave. 

4 Independent Practice

Prezi Classic
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Students will construct a Prezi presentation in which they showcase how life was different for each of the main social classes of ancient Rome: the aristocratic wealthy, the average citizen, and the poor slave. Students will be required to present their Prezi to the class and to defend their rationales when prompted.  Each student will complete a self-assessment rubric at the end of all presentations. 

5 Wrap-Up

Google Drive
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Students will complete a teacher-generated rubric available through Google Docs in which they assess their completed Prezi after all students have made their presentations.